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utilize

[yoot-l-ahyz]
verb (used with object), u·ti·lized, u·ti·liz·ing.
  1. to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
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Also especially British, u·ti·lise.

Origin of utilize

1800–10; < French utiliser, equivalent to utile useful (see utile) + -iser -ize
Related formsu·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectiveu·ti·li·za·tion, nounu·ti·liz·er, nounhalf-u·til·ized, adjectivemis·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounnon·u·til·i·za·tion, nounnon·u·til·ized, adjectiveo·ver·u·ti·li·za·tion, nouno·ver·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), o·ver·u·ti·lized, o·ver·u·ti·liz·ing.pre·u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectivepre·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounpre·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), pre·u·ti·lized, pre·u·ti·liz·ing.qua·si-u·ti·lized, adjectivere·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounre·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), re·u·ti·lized, re·u·ti·liz·ing.un·der·u·ti·lized, adjectiveun·u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectiveun·u·ti·lized, adjectivewell-u·ti·lized, adjective
Can be confuseduse usage utilize (see usage note at usage) (see synonym study at use)

Synonyms

See use.
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British Dictionary definitions for misutilization

utilize

utilise

verb
  1. (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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Derived Formsutilizable or utilisable, adjectiveutilization or utilisation, nounutilizer or utiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for misutilization

utilize

1807, from French utiliser, from Italian utilizzare, from utile "usable," from Latin utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)).

Utilize is fast antiquating improve, in the sense of 'turn to account.' [Fitzedward Hall, "Modern English," 1873]
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